WHERE TO STAY

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CEN­TARA GRAND BEACH RE­SORT & VIL­LAS HUA HIN 1 Dam­n­ernkasem Road, Hua Hin 77110, Thai­land

+66 (0) 3251 2021 -38 www.cen­tara­ho­tel­sre­sorts.com/cen­tara­grand/chbr/

WHEN TO GO:

Hua Hin is one of the dri­est spots in Thai­land, and even dur­ing the so-called "Wet Sea­son" from July to Oc­to­ber, mid-af­ter­noon show­ers are gen­er­ally short­lived. The ideal golf­ing time is win­ter, from Novem­ber through Fe­bru­ary, which ex­pe­ri­ences very lit­tle rain­fall and is con­sid­er­ably cooler than the early sum­mer months. Turf con­di­tions are gen­er­ally at their best dur­ing this time.

GET­TING THERE

The Hong Kong to Bangkok air route is one of the busiest in the world and a plethora of car­ri­ers, in­clud­ing Cathay Pa­cific and Thai Air­ways, fly be­tween the cities nu­mer­ous times a day. It's a three-hour drive from Bangkok's Su­varn­ab­humi In­ter­na­tional Air­port to the heart of Hua Hin - but try to avoid trav­el­ling on the first day of a pub­lic hol­i­day, when Bangkok's no­to­ri­ous traf­fic bleeds out on to the south­ern ex­press­way, in­creas­ing the jour­ney time sig­nif­i­cantly.

NEED TO KNOW

While book­ing rounds di­rectly through the golf cour­ses them­selves is not usu­ally too much of an or­deal, var­i­ous tour op­er­a­tors of­fer tai­lor-made pack­ages in­clud­ing ho­tels and land trans­fers. As in China, tip­ping your cad­die at the end of the round is ex­pected at the vast ma­jor­ity of clubs in Thai­land. The amount is of course up to you, but THB300-500 for 18 holes is con­sid­ered the norm.

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